• Fri 16 November 2018 until Sun 18 November 2018
  • 6:00 pm
  • Via Lazzaro Spallanzani, 1, Reggio Emilia

Do you have an idea in the food system you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with?

Startup Weekend is a playground for wannabe entrepreneurs that lets you project a business idea in 54 hours!
This year will be the first Food Tech Edition in Reggio Emilia.
You’ll have the chance to work in the Headquarter of the Food Innovation Program, the second lever degree Master in Food Innovation that gathers students from all over the world.
You’ll be able to work with members from some of the most promising and disrupting startups of the territory and pitch your idea to important food system realities.
The event is open to everyone who always had the dream to create its business in the food world without limits of age or education.

What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You’ll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.
Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you’ll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You’ll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea. Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience.

THE PRIZE: It will be offered to the winners a three-days consultancy (24 hours total) with the event partners and the possibility to choose show their project during one of the Future Food Institute events.

Your ticket includes:
6 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
One-on-one time with amazing mentors
A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
All the internet and coffee you can consume.
We recommend purchasing your ticket as soon as possible, and early birds will receive a discount! If you still have questions, feel free to reach us at “”.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

No talk, all action!

Sign up HERE!

Startup Weekend Food Edition is an initiative funded under the Train-ER Network project of the Production Companies “- CUP: E89D14000930007

Production activities program 2012 – 2015


Friday – November 16th
6.00 pm – Registration – Arrival at Musei Civici and registration.
6.30 pm – Welcome Pitch – Matteo Vignoli, Food Innovation Program’s Director
6.45 pm – Organization’s welcome – Brief presentation of the three-day agenda and introduction of the staff, the coaches, the speakers, and the facilitators.
7.30 pm – Pitches Start – Ideas presentation. Each participant can propose his/her idea in a 1-minute pitch.
It’s time to vote – The participants will vote for the best projects to work on during the weekend.
8.30 pm – Dinner & Networking – Eating, speaking about food, ideas exchange, getting to know each other and team forming.
9.15 pm – Team working – Teamwork begins!. Each member of a team, with his skills, will be essential for the development of a business idea!
00.00 am – Closing location

Saturday – November 17th
9.00 am – Breakfast – Arrival at Musei Civici. A good coffee and a healthy breakfast are offered.
9:30 am – Team working – Every team keeps working on their ideas.
12.45 – Inspirational Speech:
Cristiano Spadoni, CMO Image Line Multimedia reporter – AgroNotizie
Luca Ferri, founder of Academia
1.15 pm – Lunch
2.00 pm – Coach Meetings – Coaches introduce themselves to the teams and are available to support them.
4.00 pm – Inspirational Speech
– Claudia Laricchia, Head of Institutional Relations and Global Strategic Partnerships of Future Food Institute e President of the Environment and Innovation of FIDU (Italian Human Rights Federation).
– Intro “Italian Cuisine week in the World” + inspirational pitch – Call with Canada on the occasion of the “Italian Cuisine Week in the World” which aims to promote quality Italian food and cooking abroad.
4.20 pm – Team working
8.00 pm – Dinner
9.00 pm – Team working
00.00 am – Closing location

Sunday – November 18th
9.00 am – Breakfast – Arrival at Musei Civici, coffees and breakfast offered.
9:30 am – Team working – teams keep working on the development of their ideas
12.45 pm – Inspirational Speech
1.00 pm – Lunch
2.00 pm – Team working
4.30 pm – Deadline presentations
5.00 pm – Final Presentations – Each team will have a 5-minute pitch to introduce the project to the jury
6.00 pm – Winners’ proclamation and Closing location


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